When Archer was small – smaller than she is now – she spent her time reading the Oz books, drawing, finding cicada
wings her mother insisted belonged to fairies, and wending her roundabout way through private school.

Aghast at suddenly finding herself grown up, and that the wings hidden in her Oz books actually do belong to cicadas,
Archer’s work deals with the difficult transition from living in that imaginary world from her childhood, and the harsh reality
of adulthood. The femmes in her paintings and drawings are in a Neverland stage of growing up, the point at which the
illusions fall away but adulthood is still some time off.

Dark and dreamlike; intense with an ethereal beauty, her work attempts to visually portray that inner struggle which finds
its way into everyone’s consciousness. The transitional point at which you ask yourself, “How did I become this person?
And who am I supposed to be?”

Archer lives in Albuquerque with her husband and two shiba inus. She still reads the Oz books from time to time, and now
tells her nephew the wings in her collection belong to real fairies.  She currently exhibits around the world, and her work is
held in many private collections.
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Archer grew up in Albuquerque, and studied every single medium but painting at the University of New Mexico. She took
as much drawing as she could, but in a school with generational abstract professors she was never encouraged in her
development as a figurative, narrative draftsperson. Drawing was a “low” media and method, used as stepping stone
toward a “finished” piece. She finished school with degrees in three-dimensional media.

In 2010, frustrated with her 3D work, Archer turned back to her figurative basics, and again was pulled inexorably to her
first artistic love: drawing. Archer then began experimenting with painting on top of her drawings and learned that, for
some ironic reason, what suited her most was the one media she never professionally studied. Archer is currently hard at
work relearning her drawing techniques, while drawing and painting for shows around the globe.



July 2013: CAJA, group exhibition curated by Christopher Umana, Gallery 423 West, LA, California
August: 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Strychnin Gallery, Berlin, Germany

September 2013: Discomforting Comforts, Fine Grime Gallery, Bath, England
September 2013: Tales From the Sea, group exhibition curated by Bradley Platz, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
October 2013: AAF, Seattle, WA. Represented by Matrix Fine Art Gallery
November 2013: Oultrepreu Mourning, group exhibition curated by Aunia Kahn, Gallery 423 West, LA, California
November 2013: Broken Lines Lost in Translation, WWA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

November 2013: American Idols, Dream Factory Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany


Upcoming: Penumbra, international group drawing exhibition curated by Archer Dougherty, hosted by Matrix Fine Art
Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Solo Exhibitions:

2013: Bound, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco CA
2011: Anima, Stranger Factory Gallery, NM
2011: In the Attic, Matrix Fine Art Gallery, NM
2009: A Place to Fly, Matrix Fine Art Gallery
2008: Illumination, Matrix Fine Art Gallery
2007: Curiosities, Yale Art Center, NM

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2013: Draw, Auguste Clown Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2013: The Language of Flowers, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013: Visions of OZ, international group exhibition curated by Taylor White, Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles,
2013: AAF, New York City, New York. Represented by Matrix Fine Art Gallery
2012: Runaway Circus, Auguste Clown Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2012: In the Center Ring, Alternative Gallery, Monterey, CA
2012: The Altar Project, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco CA
2012: The Ballad of Molly Woad, Fine Grime Gallery, Bath UK
2012: Surreal Salon IV, Baton Rouge Center for Contemporary Art, Louisiana
2012: Menagerie, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011: Winter Salon, Stranger Factory Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2011: Genus; Species, Modern Eden Gallery
2011: The Agile Rabbit, Fine Grime Gallery, Bath UK
2011: Bewitched, Stranger Factory Gallery
2011: Affordable Art Fair, London, UK
2011: Group Monthly Invitational, Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011: The New Surrealism, Modern Eden Gallery
2011: Modern Vintage Narrative, Stranger Factory Gallery
2011: Group Monthly Exhibition, Hive Gallery
2011: Affordable Art Fair, New York City, NY
2010: International Juried Painting and Mixed Media Competition, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2009: Valley of the Dolls: A Sculptural Exploration, Dreamscapes Gallery, NM
2009: Looking Ahead, Matrix Fine Art Gallery
2007: Under 500, Matrix Fine Art Gallery
2007: Overture, Matrix Fine Art Gallery

2012: Nothing to Nobody Magazine,  October 2012, Issue 10
2012: Catapult Magazine, October 2012, v. 14
2011: Anima: A Conversation with Archer Dougherty, by Amy Greenwood.
www.vinylgoddess.ca, August 29 2011
2011: A Conversation With Archer Dougherty, by Shawn Danielle. Artseen, July 23 2011
2008: A Fine Showing in Nob Hill, by Wesley Pulkka. Albuquerque Journal, Sunday, April 6